IEEE Microwave Magazine – July 2020

The July 2020 issue of the IEEE Microwave Magazine is out!

This month’s issue is one of our breadth issues, and contains a variety of technical features.  As always, read the Editor’s Desk for a lengthy overview of the articles in this month’s issue. The first technical feature presents a new look at dielectric resonators that are differentially fed, providing a means to excite out of phase fields while suppressing the in-phase fields, thus yielding a means to keep the fields the same as their eigenmodes.  Of special note is the extensive background provided to help improve understanding of the technique.  The second technical feature looks at different low noise amplifier techniques for software defined radios (SDR).  The authors cover both wideband and multiband low noise amplifier approaches and examine different circuit topologies to see the wide range of circuit techniques for improved performance in SDRs. A number of comparison tables are provided so the reader can see the trade-offs in the various designs. We also have one of our Application Notes for you in this issue. This 16 QAM system design could be used in microwave course laboratories, or by microwave engineers who like to “tinker” with hardware.  The final technical paper is from one of the winners of the IMS2019 Student Design Competitions (SDC) and provides not only a nice explanation of the winning design, but is also a good tutorial on the mathematics and circuit/processing techniques used to build the winning circuit.

This month’s issue also contains our MTT President’s message, as well as a report on IEEE COMCAS conference, and a new addition to the magazine this month:  a contributed reprint of an article from the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation’s (JCMF) newsletter.   This month’s article is on a visit to Albert Einstein’s summer home.  In the article, the author also talks about the planning and construction of the home, along with a few photographs of the house.   We have our regular columns, such as the MTT-S President’s Column, MicroBusiness, two book reviews and our always-challenging Engima problem, along with last month’s solution. The issue is round out with our Speakers Corner, highlighting a way to introduce games in microwave engineering education.

Check out the Conference Calendar, too, but keep in mind that the dates and locations of conferences was correct when the magazine went to press, but many conferences are changing initial plans, so please check the conference websites for the latest information.

Enjoy the issue!

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